Ranking the 20 Greatest Players in Big East Basketball History

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Ranking the 20 Greatest Players in Big East Basketball History

With Thursday's news of seven Catholic schools, many of them founding members, leaving the Big East, a once-great league has taken a major hit to its legacy in the name of chasing football dollars.

Schools like St. John's, Georgetown and Villanova have been integral parts of the Big East's history since its inception. Many of the conference's greatest teams, coaches and players have represented these universities.

This piece will focus on the transcendent individual talents that have worn Big East uniforms, two of whom, Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing, are pictured above.

Mullin is smiling on this old cover of Sport. Is he No. 1 in this particular countdown, or does Ewing swat him away like he did so many shots?

Or is there another Big East icon who rates mention as the league's greatest ever?

Read on.

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